Monday, October 17, 2011

AIDS impact of Africa

        Fishing is a competitive industry in Africa. It is labored by men but run by woman. In the opportunity to get fish to provide for their families woman will do anything even provide sex for the men. This has become a system exploiting AIDS this system is called Jaboya.  Due to systems like Jaboya the effects of AIDS are extremely massive. Africa seems almost in denial of the fact that AIDS can be prevented. In the videos given one woman from a community in Kenya speaks about how she does now fear this awful virus. She in fact chooses to sleep with whomever she wishes stating that “I do not fear death because death is waiting for all of us. AIDS can affect me or the person I am with at any time so I carry on and have sex without fear”. Ignorance is common in Africa this being one of the main reasons why it is so massive.
        I was aware that AIDS had been so widely spread throughout Africa before I watched these videos however I was unsure as to why. The US provides programs that enable us to become aware of the fact that AIDS is 100% preventable. With gaining knowledge from these videos it is clear that Africa is unaware of this prevention. Prior to watching these clips I had never heard of Jaboya and I found it extremely interesting to learn of such a system. This video provided me with astonishing statistics and knowledge of this virus.
        The cultural attitudes of the people in Africa appear to except this virus being that sex is so commonly practiced. A man having multiple wives is normal to this culture and with that being said AIDS is being drastically spread.  Prostitution is another culturally excepted tradition that leads to the spread of AIDS. In the films provided it discussed how woman felt vulnerable and needed to provide sex for the men.  Africa needs to be provided with awareness. The people of Africa are continuing to have unprotected sex and continuing to live life unaware that they are even infected with this deadly disease. If these people were made aware that such a devastating disease that has impacted their population drastically could be prevented they would use precautions in order to make a change.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kimbel Library

        A summary is a brief restatement of a sources main idea. Summaries are descriptions not evaluations so using my own words is important but not my own opinions. A summary is something that is summarized so it is shorter than the source it is coming from. Sources are extremely important to cite. When citing all of the sources used in the correct format it makes one appear more credible and it is respectful. Finding these resources is easy using the Kimbel Library Database it is not like the Google search engine but it is similar. The differences between the two are the keywords. When using this database it is important to search words pertaining to the words you may find in an article you would use. Unlike typical search engines questions and useless words are not used and only 2-4 words are needed.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The U.S. handling the rise of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, versus how Uganda and Thailand.

        In Thailand the use of condoms basically became mandatory due to goverment regulations. Thailand and Uganda were the two developing nations which experienced a drop in HIV infection rates and practiced prevention. Uganda was the first country to report its AIDS cases. In the 1980s these countries had extremely high HIV infection rates, but the government responded quickly. After prevention through education and the promotion of safe sex practices they experienced a decline in HIV rates. Theses goverments demonstrated a commitmnet to understand and address this problem. Outstanding progression was taking place and the infection was remaining stable or even decreasing in the 1980s-1990s. The United States however was sluggish from the start. HIV/AIDS was discriminated it was a virus that had been killing so many yet the goverment was turning away and society was in rage. The goverment could not see that education and organizations would help this battle. It took time for society to come to an understanding of what exactly HIV/AIDS was. Children were being kicked out of schools, segregation was taking place, gays were causing riots, and thousands were dying. The US however has grown from this and today HIV/AIDS is stable and decreasing.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


HIV/AIDS is something that is known in this world we live in today. It is a chapter studied in high school and it is a common term used in everyday conversation. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has impacted the lives of so many in an unfortunate way. The way HIV/AIDS has become a part of my society is through fear. The fear of the epidemic directly affecting my family or even myself. The fear that this sickness will continue to increase and that a cure will not be found. HIV/AIDS has become all about awareness and everyone has been given knowledgeable information along with advice. In the world we live in today it is better to be safe than sorry. No one can be sure of the past of every individual they encounter in. With HIV/AIDS increasing, society has become more aware.